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  • Article: Apr 12, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I note that at last, subject to approval of the full business case by the department for transport, the building of Congleton Link Road is due to start this autumn.

    I also note that the preferred tender will be decided on price and how it intends to approach the construction works.

    In all eventuality, this means the lowest bidder will gain the project.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2018
    By Clr Rod Fletcher in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding the calls in recent years by some Cheshire East Labour councillors to impose car parking charges in the former Congleton Borough Council area: Cheshire East Conservatives have recently approved consultation on how to increase revenue from car parks.

    Once again, some Cheshire East Labour councillors, including the group whip, have called for charges to be imposed in Alsager and Sandbach. Their reasoning appeared to be that the former Macclesfield and Crewe councils imposed charges while Congleton borough did not.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Further to your piece on free school meals on p18 of this week's Chronicle, perhaps Coun Sam Corcoran could give some credit where it is due.

    The free schools programme introduced by the coalition government formed in 2010 was the work of the Liberal Democrat deputy leader, Nick Clegg and gave them to all infant, four to seven-year-old pupils.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Winsford and Middlewich Guardian

    Dear Sir,

    I am led to understand that access to our proposed by-pass from Cledford Lane is to be restricted to vehicles using the new ANSA site.

    This is beginning to look as if relieving the congestion in Middlewich town centre is of secondary importance.

    Those who have been campaigning for this by-pass for many years will be disheartened if this is so.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Cheshire East Council in their desire to save money want to move day care into the cared for individual's home.

    This has certain advantages for the client, namely remaining in familiar surroundings and reducing the need for their transport with the time, safety and financial implications.

    However, the down side is that elderly people lose the important social contact that outside day care provides.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I note that Congleton town residents have for the year 2018-9 the fourth highest council tax from Cheshire East Borough, this time just behind Sandbach and Middlewich with Nantwich far ahead in first place.

    All residents pay the same borough, fire and police component of the tax so the difference is totally due to the town precept.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In my letter that you kindly published last week, I set out the disastrous impact on the UK following president

    25% on steel and 10% on aluminium, which at that time applied to every country.

    Since the publication of my letter, the news has worsened. Canada and Mexico are being ex

    UK, which the Brexiteers claimed had a special relationship with the USA, is still to bear the burden of

  • Article: Mar 8, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In my previous letters, which you have kindly published, I have set out the disastrous implications of Brexit and analysis showing that the "harder" the Brexit scenario the Government opts for, the worse the hardship to be suffered by the ordinary people of this county.

    Once again, our prime minister, in her speech at the Mansion House last Friday, opted for a "hard" Brexit in which the UK will be outside the EU's single market and the EU's customs union.

    Almost the only economist to argue their case is Prof Patrick Minford, who in 2016 made the extraordinary admission that Brexit would "mostly eliminate manufacturing" in the UK. So it is clear that the implications for manufacturing from our prime minister's stance on Brexit will be disastrous.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2018
    By Clr Derek Hough in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding your comments about the Liberal Democrats last week, I feel that I must respond.

    I am one of the few people who was on Congleton Borough Council at the time. I am still here, still a councillor and still a Liberal Democrat.

    I still believe in the preamble to our constitution which states that: "The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community and in which no-one will be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity."

  • Article: Mar 1, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In 2012, Liam Fox wrote: "I believe that the best way forward is for Britain to renegotiate a new relationship with the European Union - one based on an economic partnership involving a customs union and a single market n goods and services."

    In 2014, Owen Paterson wrote: "Only a madman would actually eave the single market."